Stephen Brown

  1. A Wire From Western Union (WU)
    Stock Analysis

    A Wire From Western Union (WU)

    The new global economy presents ample business opportunities for an old-economy stalwart.
  2. Berkshire For The Bourgeois (LUK)
    Stock Analysis

    Berkshire For The Bourgeois (LUK)

    Investors seeking a low-cost alternative to Berkshire Hathaway should consider Leucadia National Corporation.
  3. Will Mercury Rise? (MCY)
    Stock Analysis

    Will Mercury Rise? (MCY)

    A few glitches in Mercury General's expansion plans create opportunity for patient investors.
  4. Cleaning Up With Clorox (CLX)
    Stock Analysis

    Cleaning Up With Clorox (CLX)

    Widening margins and rapid debt reduction should make Clorox a long-term winner.
  5. Getting A Leg Up On The Market (LEG)
    Stock Analysis

    Getting A Leg Up On The Market (LEG)

    Diversified manufacturer Leggett & Platt has an enviable record of persistent and profitable growth.
  6. Going Bananas (CQB, FDP)
    Stock Analysis

    Going Bananas (CQB, FDP)

    Produce peddlers Chiquita and Fresh Del Monte will improve financially as the economics of their industry improve.
  7. Indian Reservations (TTM)
    Stock Analysis

    Indian Reservations (TTM)

    Despite the hype, there are few Indian companies worthy of investment consideration. Tata Motors might be one of them.
  8. That's Entertainment, Adult Style (PLA, NOOF, RICK)
    Stock Analysis

    That's Entertainment, Adult Style (PLA, NOOF, RICK)

    Playboy, New Frontier Media and Rick's Cabaret aren’t exactly mainstream investments, but they do satisfy a market need.
  9. Making Money in the Mundane (OLN)
    Stock Analysis

    Making Money in the Mundane (OLN)

    Olin's ordinary trio of business could lead to extraordinary share price appreciation.
  10. Private Equity Fodder? (ROL, SMG, ABM)
    Stock Analysis

    Private Equity Fodder? (ROL, SMG, ABM)

    Rollins, Scotts Miracle-Gro, and AMB Industries appear to have what private equity is seeking.
  11. Gentlemen, Start Your Lawnmowers (BGG)
    Stock Analysis

    Gentlemen, Start Your Lawnmowers (BGG)

    There is value to be had in the world’s largest manufacturer of lawnmower and garden equipment engines.
  12. Is Motorola Calling? (MOT)
    Stock Analysis

    Is Motorola Calling? (MOT)

    An agitating investor and more shareholder-friendly moves could make Motorola a worthwhile investment.
  13. The Burden Of Success (BRK.A, BRK.B)
    Stock Analysis

    The Burden Of Success (BRK.A, BRK.B)

    Berkshire Hathaway’s past investing successes may make future successes more difficult to come by.
  14. Tomkins' Parts Worth More Than The Whole? (TKS)
    Stock Analysis

    Tomkins' Parts Worth More Than The Whole? (TKS)

    Tomkins PLC, an industrial conglomerate, is feeling pressure to divest its many businesses.
  15. Read All About It (DJ, NYT, MNI)
    Stock Analysis

    Read All About It (DJ, NYT, MNI)

    Newspaper publishers are suffering from a slump in print advertising, but opportunities exist elsewhere.
  16. Banking On Better Days (OFG)
    Stock Analysis

    Banking On Better Days (OFG)

    Oriental Financial Group is a small regional bank that continues to make money in a tough lending environment.
  17. USG Corp. Constructs A Profitable Future (USG)
    Stock Analysis

    USG Corp. Constructs A Profitable Future (USG)

    USG Corp. settles its protracted litigation costs, and is ready to move forward.
  18. Countrywide Is On Your Side (CFC)
    Stock Analysis

    Countrywide Is On Your Side (CFC)

    Countrywide Financial continues to post earnings and revenue growth in a difficult interest rate and housing environment.
  19. Radio Stocks Still Making Waves (CCU, CDL)
    Stock Analysis

    Radio Stocks Still Making Waves (CCU, CDL)

    The radio broadcast industry is going through hard times, but will survive and thrive.
  20. Exxon and Altria: Two Stocks Worthy of Concentration (XOM, ...
    Stock Analysis

    Exxon and Altria: Two Stocks Worthy of Concentration (XOM, ...

    While diversifying your portfolio may be good for maintaining wealth, concentrating your portfolio is good for building it.
  21. Ford's Way Forward (F)
    Stock Analysis

    Ford's Way Forward (F)

    The likelihood of Ford surviving its latest crisis is greater than you think.